Helping Verbs

What’s a helping verb?

A helping verb (also called an auxiliary verb) is used with a main verb to help express the main verb's tense, mood, or voice.

The main helping verbs are "to be," "to have," and "to do." They appear in the following forms:

To be: am, is, are, was, were, being, been, will be

For example:

They are thinking about a change in venue.

“Are” is the helping verb.

To have: has, have, had, having, will have

For example:

We have done our best.

“Have” is the helping verb.

To do: does, do, did, will do

For example:

Did it work this time?

“Did” is the helping verb.

Modal verbs

There is a group of another kind of helping verb called a modal verb, or modal auxiliary verb. The modal verbs are:

Modal verbs chart

Helping verbs worksheets

Grade 3 students practice auxiliary verbs as part of their grammar curriculum. These worksheets ask students to identify the main verb and its helping verb in sentences.

Helping verbs worksheets